COLUMBIA -- Gov. Mark Sanford requested Friday a $5 million federal loan so the state could pay unemployment claims through the end of the month, his spokesman Joel Sawyer said.
Since December, the S.C. Employment Security Commission has needed $176 million in federal loans to pay checks to the state's jobless workers.
The first loan came in December when the commission asked for $146 million to write checks through March.
Since then, the state has borrowed an additional $30 million, Sawyer said.
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The governor expects to make another loan request in March but does not know how much will be needed, he said.
-- The (Columbia) State